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Monday, March 18, 2019
THE PARADOX OF OUR TIMES!
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D. At the end of a long and successful career, Clarence Darrow, the lawyer who gained great notoriety during the Scopes ‘Monkey Trial’ in 1925, said, “I feel like the disciples who said: We have toiled all night and caught nothing!”
The Encyclopædia Britannica states; “William Jennings Bryan (q.v.), a firm believer in the literal interpretation of the Bible, went to Dayton to assist the prosecution. Widespread popular interest was manifested in the case which…assumed the form of a contest between fundamentalism and modernism.
“Bryan had been prevented, through the tactics of Darrow, from delivering the elaborate speech that he had prepared in refutation of Darwin’s theories.
“Five days after the conclusion of the trial, Bryan died; his admirers, as a memorial to Bryan, founded William Jennings Bryan University, on a hill over looking the town of Dayton.” Darrow received numerous accolades for his long career, but his life ended on a sad note. He confessed that his life was empty and that he “had toiled all night and caught nothing”.
It is noteworthy, that in the Encyclopædia Britannica, Clarence Darrow received one small paragraph to list his accomplishments, while an entire page is given to William Jennings Bryan!
TEMPLETON DEAD FROM
ALZHEIMER'S AT AGE 85!
The brilliant mind of Charles B. Templeton is finally still; at least on this planet! The man who helped found Youth for Christ, built a large evangelical Church in Toronto, worked in mammoth gospel crusades together with Billy Graham in North America and Europe after WW11, died recently, after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for four years!
“It’s hard to remember all the things Charles did”, said his friend Pierre Burton. “He was a top evangelist, along with Billy Graham. They were great friends. Billy came up to see him this year, when he was sick.” When he was asked what Charles Templeton would be remembered for, Pierre Burton replied: “A preacher who left the faith.”
I had the privilege of debating with Charles Templeton on several occasions and like so many other preachers, I am sorry to have to write these lines. As intelligent a man as he was, that he would fall for Darwin’s evolutionary ‘APE-TEACHING’, is doubly sad!
St. Paul, who is believed to have been one of the most brilliantly intellectual young men in Palestine, having earned the equivalent of two Ph.Ds by the time he was 21, stated:
“O Timothy, keep that which is committed unto thy trust, avoiding vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called. Which some professing, have erred concerning the faith.” (1 Tim, 6:20, 21)
In his autobiography ‘Farewell to God’ (1995), Templeton wrote: “I believe that there is no supreme being with human attributes – no God in the biblical sense – but that all life is the result of timeless evolutionary forces…over millions of years. I believe that in common with all living creatures, we die and cease to exist as an entity.”
Although Charles Templeton became demented and his brilliant mind lost its ability to function properly during the last four years of his life, he nevertheless, had an appointment with God, which he had to keep!
Although Templeton had lost most of his faculties through dementia (Alzheimer’s disease) he will be totally coherent as he stands before God for judgment, as a blithering idiot trying to explain why he rejected the truth for Satan’s monstrous lies!
Templeton knew God at one time but chose deliberately to reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Almighty God. History has a strange way of repeating itself! St. Paul gives us this history lesson, as a warning:
“For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are WITHOUT EXCUSE: Because that, when THEY KNEW GOD, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness…Who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature (the ‘ape-as-father’ evolutionary theory) more than the Creator, Who is blessed forever.”
(Rom 1: 18-25)
The Devil (deceiver, liar, false accuser, traducer) is the world’s greatest deceiver because he is the “father of lies” (John 8:44) and unfortunately, Templeton and millions like him, fell for Satan’s lies and became proud, “their foolish hearts became darkened”. St. Paul tells of those who had already fallen: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” (Rom. 1:18-22).
Templeton who once preached the gospel and built the church, in later years said: “I oppose the Christian Church because, for all the good it sometimes does, it presumes to speak in the name of God and to propound and advocate beliefs that are outdated, demonstrably untrue, and often, in their various manifestations, deleterious to individuals and society.”
It is ironic, to think that just a year or two after making that boastful statement, Templeton’s dementia began. The Bible says: “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Gal. 6:3,7)
Before making the break with Billy Graham, Youth for Christ and the Evangelical Church, in 1948, Templeton warned Graham that it was “intellectual suicide” to not question the Bible and to go on preaching God’s Word as authoritative!
Billy Graham made a decision to believe that the Bible is God’s Word and that Jesus Christ is world’s only Saviour. He has carried the Gospel across the globe for nearly sixty years and is loved by millions!
Billy Graham will go down in history as one of the greatest evangelists of all time, while Charles Templeton’s place in history will be only a footnote! It will highlight his connection with Billy Graham and that he had a loss of faith and left the ministry. It will record his work as a writer, editor and manager in the media, and that he was married three times!
MANY ARE CONFUSED,
DEPRESSED & UNHAPPY!
A lot of wealthy, prosperous and prominent people feel empty, let down and depressed after being highly successful and notable achievers! The rich have discovered that money can’t buy everything in life, the famous soon realize that when their star begins to fade, they often lose their sponsor, fail to get their contract renewed and lose their popularity!
And when a person has serious health problems, it affects his employment, his family, his ability to pay his mortgage, educate his children and his social standing in the community! Nothing is permanent and like the old proverb – nothing is certain except death and taxes!
And may I add, the ‘day of reckoning’; when we will all stand before God to give an account of our lives! Jesus told a story about two men – one was wealthy, self–centered and unrighteous in his life-style and the other man was a sick beggar named Lazarus. They both died and went to different eternal abodes; the rich unbeliever went to Hell where he was tormented and the poor beggar was carried by angels to Paradise, where he was comforted!
FEAR GOD AND WORK HARD!
Dr. David Livingstone was born in Scotland in 1813. He studied medicine and theology, and in 1840 was sent to Africa by the London Missionary Society. After 30 years of exploration and missionary work traversing one - third of the African continent in mostly uncharted territory - often battling dysentery and fever and burying his beloved wife Mary with his own hands -he died on his knees beside his bed in 1874!
The ‘Encyclopædia Britannica’ states: “In the annals of exploration of the dark continent,” wrote Stanley many years after the death of the missionary explorer, “we look in vain among other nationalities for a name such as Livingstone’s. He stands preeminent above them all; he unites in himself all the best qualities of other explorers...Britain ...excelled herself even when she produced the strong and perseverant Scotchman, Livingstone.
“But the direct gains to geography and science are perhaps not the greatest results of Livingstone’s journeys. His example and his death acted like an inspiration, filling Africa with an army of explorers and missionaries, and raising in Europe so powerful a feeling against the slave trade that through him it may be considered as having received its death blow.
“Personally, Livingstone was a pure, and tender - hearted man, full of humanity and sympathy, simple-minded as a child. The motto of his life was the advice he gave to some school children in Scotland – “Fear God and work hard.”
It is alleged, that thenatives loved “the great master” so much that they buried his heart in Africa, saying: “His heart belongs in Africa.”
They wrapped his body carefully up and together with his papers, instruments and other things, carried it across Africa to Zanzibar. His body was then transported to England with all honour, and on April 18, 1874, was laid to rest in Westminster Abbey!
In his final diary entry, Livingstone commented on the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:20: “Lo, I am with you even unto the end of the world”, thus: “These are the words of a Gentleman of the highest order. They are true. Doubt is inadmissible, surely. All will be well.”
He wrote: “I walk to the drumbeat of Heaven; no reservations, no regrets and no retreat. No sacrifice I can make can begin to compare with the sacrifice my Lord made for me. I don’t want to possess anything unless it will further the kingdom of God. There will be all of eternity to enjoy the rewards of my labour.
“I never made a sacrifice. Of this we ought not to talk, when we remember the great sacrifice which He made, who left His Father’s throne on high, to give Himself for us.”
GO FOR THE LOST AND
GO FOR THE WORST!
General William Booth, another hero of the faith was a fiery evangelist for the Methodist Church. He was drawn to poor derelicts of society in London.
Often suffering terrible abuse from rowdies and persecution from the Anglican state church, he soldiered on preaching the gospel, salvaging alcoholics from enslavement, feeding the poor, rescuing hungry children and unwed mothers from their horrible plight and liberating prostitutes from their pimps!
Booth’s slogan was, “Go for Souls and Go for the Worst”! And that is what they did. He founded the Salvation Army and won tens of thousands of souls for Christ.
Through his efforts he helped to liberate thousands of prostitutes from their slave owners, thereby changing Japanese laws concerning the brothels in that country!
After years of tireless, hard labour and ‘agape’ love toward the worst in society, Booth became an international hero and honoured by many world governments because of it!
In the ‘The General Next To God’, Richard Collier writes: “The tribute was in keeping. Thirty-five years of persecution had passed like an evil dream and now statesmen and crowned heads vied with one another to do Booth and his army honour.
Eighteen hundred and ninety-eight saw him open the US senate with prayer; 24th. June, 1904, saw him at Buckingham Palace, with King Edward V11, shaking him cheerily by the hand, avowing, ‘You are doing a good work, a great work, General Booth.’
And how, the king wanted to know, did the Churches now view his work? ‘Sir’, replied Booth, with the humour that never failed him, ‘they imitate me.’
“When the King, chuckling, begged Booth to write in his autogragh album, the old man bent forward to sum up his life’s work.
Some men’s ambition is art,
Some men’s ambition is fame,
Some men’s ambition gold,
My ambition is the souls of men.
Some men’s ambition is fame,
Some men’s ambition gold,
My ambition is the souls of men.
“But if Booth walked with kings, he kept his bearing: He never lost the common touch.” His rallying cry was always” “Go for Souls and Go for the Worst.” His burden for lost souls was of mammoth proportions and it permeated his family members as well as the officers of the Salvation Army for many years.
Cecil Rhodes – who, as premier of Cape Colony, South Africa presented The Army with a 3,000 - acre farm north of Fort Salisbury – found Booth’s absorption in degraded men a puzzle. Booth had to confess it: “To me men, especially the worst, possess the attraction of gold mines.”
When Rhodes died in 1902, William Booth to him was still “the only one who believes I have a soul.”
When Lord Rothschild told Booth: “I’m going to give you a thousand pounds, General. When will you have it? Booth answered “Now” with such authority that Rothschild began immediately fumbling for his cheque book!
When Booth was scolded by another Christian for accepting a donation from the Marquis of Queensbury – a professed agnostic– the General was unrepentant: “We will wash it in the tears of the widows and orphans and lay it on the altar of humanity!”
Booth’s daughter Evangeline, who laboured tirelessly in the USA for the Salvation Army stated: “Stoop as low as you lawfully can to pick them up rather than let them become worse while you stand on your dignity.”
About three months before his death on May 9, 1912, 7000 Salvationists heard the ‘great warrior of the cross’ deliver one of his most impassioned sermons! Here was his final war-cry:
“While women weep as they do now, I’ll fight; while little children go hungry as they do now, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, I’ll fight; while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight’ I’ll fight to the very end.”
HERE IS THE GREAT PARADOX!
The rich man who had everything, lost it all in death and all that remained was a tormented memory, while Lazarus, the beggar, who had nothing, gained everything in death as he entered into God’s paradise!
Clarence Darrow, the famous lawyer ended his life saying: “I feel like a failure. My life’s work is meaningless. I am empty. My successes were not what they were cracked up to be.”
William Jennings Bryan died as a believer in the Word of God and we know where he is today. Only God knows the whereabouts of Darrow!
Charles Templeton was deceived by demons of unbelief and pride! He threw away one the greatest opportunities afforded to mankind – to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ! He could have helped millions of struggling souls find peace with God, while enjoying God’s peace and blessing for himself and his family!
And then, we think of David Livingstone, William Booth and Billy Graham, who did not flinch in the battle with the world, flesh and the devil and who will forever stand tall as victorious ‘soldiers of the cross of Christ’!
Jesus warned: “What shall it profit a man (or woman) if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36, 37)
Friday, March 8, 2019
FOR YOUR MIRACLE
An artist's conception of the Biblical account
of a very sick woman receiving a miracle from
God by touching the hem of Jesus'robe
The Answer for Troubled,
Sick & Oppressed People!
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
The Bible says that the devil goes about like a roaring lion seeking whom he can destroy but that we can resist him in the ‘Faith of Jesus’. (1 Peter 5:8) Also in James 4:7 the holy Scriptures say, "Submit yourself unto God, resist the devil and he shall flee from you."
Jesus Christ declared that the thief (Satan) came for three reasons; to steal, kill and destroy, but HE had come that “we might have life and it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
Our Lord has given His children power over the Devil; to cast him out and drive him away from us. Satan brings DEATH but Jesus has destroyed his power over believers and has given us power over him. And Jesus brings LIFE!
The Bible says: "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God, to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of God." (2 Cor.10: 4,5)
Our weapons are:
1. The Blood of Jesus!
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself took part of the same; that through Death He might Destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil; And Deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Heb. 2: 14, 15)
“Neither by blood of goats and calves, but by His own BLOOD He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh, How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, PURGE your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God. (Heb. 9: 11-14)
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh.” (Heb.10: 19-20).
2. The Word of God!
“So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return out of Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Is. 55: 11). “He hath sent His Word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” (Ps. 107: 20)
“Surely He hath borne our sicknesses (heb. kholee) and carried our sorrows (heb. makob); yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace as upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” (Is. 53: 4,5)
“For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any twoeged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12)
“Then Jesus said unto him, Get thee hence Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and only Him shalt thou serve. Then the devil Leaveth, and behold, angels came and ministered unto Him.” (Matt. 4: 10,11)
3. The Name of Jesus!
“And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned.
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall thy cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay their hands upon the sick and they shall recover.” (Mark 16; 15-18)
“Believe Me that I am in My Father, and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto My Father.
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My Name, I will do it.” (John 14: 10-14)
4. The Blessed Holy Spirit!
“But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (give life, heal, strengthen) your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you. (This of course takes in the resurrection of our bodies when Christ returns. (Romans 8: 11-17)
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (The Holy Spirit takes a hold of against the infirmity and through the believer prays to the Father)
“And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Rom. 8:26, 27)
“So shall they fear the Name of the Lord from the west and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (Is. 59: 19)
5. The Church!
“And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets, and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.
“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all thigs. Which is the Head, even Christ. From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth according to the effectual working in the measure of every part maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” (Eph.4:10-13)
6. The Angels of God!
“The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them. (Psalms 34: 7); “And again, when He bringeth in the first begotten into world, He saith, Let all the angels of God worship Him. And of the angels He saith, who maketh His angel spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire. Are not all these ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Heb. 1: 7,14)
7. Our Testimony!
“And they overcame him (Satan) by the BLOOD OF THE LAMB, and the Word of their Testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Rev. 12: 11).
Please agree with me in prayer according to Matthew 18: 19. Read and study all these Scriptures and quote them in your prayers. PEACE be unto you, my friend!
By the Blood of Jesus Christ and according to the Word of God I charge Satan to immediately LEAVE those who read these words. In Jesus' name, I bind every evil spirit that is tormenting you and command every spirit of infirmity to leave you in Jesus Christ's Holy Name. Amen.
Sunday, March 3, 2019
JESUS CHRIST IS
By Pastor Max Solbrekken D.D.
The Gospel is Good News for Fallen Man! It is the Glad Tidings of the great love, mercy and grace of God projected toward a sinful and rebellious race! The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology states: "The Gospel is the joyous proclamation of God's activity in Christ on behalf of man."
We are nearing the Easter season and true believers in Jesus Christ and His glorious Gospel will be heralding the amazing Bible account of the God's great mercy and grace toward sinful man. The word Gospel means Good News!
The Gospel is the good news and glad tidings that Light has come into a world of Darkness; that Peace has come into a world of Turmoil; that Healing has come into a world of Sickness; that that Love has come into a world of Hate; that Forgiveness has come into a world of Sin; that Life has come into a world of Death; that Freedom has come into a world of Bondage; that Slaves are made free by the Liberator of the Human Race!
And that Light, Peace, Healing, Love, Forgiveness, Life, Liberty, Freedom and Eternal Life is none other than Jesus Christ the Son of God. That He was crucified for us, arose from the dead and sitting on the Right hand of God as Saviour, Redeemer, Advocate, High Priest and Intercessor!
Soon the usual liberal "enemies of the cross" theologians and their lap-dogs, the money hungry Hollywood Producers and actors, will be spreading lies and falsehoods about Jesus Christ and His Gospel. I found this powerful statement on Google recently: It was my position in 1993 and it is my position today, in 2019. The Western Report Feb. 8, 1993 story of Christian Unity in Alberta carried this excerpt:
“Edmonton’s Dr. Max Solbrekken is more blunt,‘We can’t sit at the same table with people who presume to change the word of God - call God the Father ‘she,’ license homosexual acts, change Christ’s own words on marriage, or deny that He rose from the dead. That’s blasphemy. The only truth that unites Christians is the person of Jesus, and he is not negotiable. I’m all for Christians joining together, but Christ is the living Word, not an ‘evolving idea,’ and He doesn’t change with the times.”
FROM THE MANGER TO THE CROSS!
What a journey Jesus Christ had: From the Manger to the Cross - the Cross of Calvary - the place of pain, shame and agony, where our Saviour shed His precious blood to set the captives free!
Christ's vicarious (substitutionary) death and glorious resurrection from the dead drives us to Repentance and Faith, as we see His hand of mercy extended to a lost, fearful and sick world.
The Cross is the expression of God's love for us. It is the very pinnacle of His mercy and grace to an enslaved people, bound by lust, greed, pride and hate. The Cross of Christ has been referred to as the axis of salvation, the climax of the cosmic battle between God and Satan, between good and evil!
JESUS said: "As the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down My life for the sheep. Therefore, doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again.
"No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command have I received of My Father," (John 10: 15-18); "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15: 13)
"For when we were yet without strength (hopeless) in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die, yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
"For when we were yet without strength (hopeless) in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die, yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
"For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." (Rom.5: 8-10)
THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD!
The Sovereignty of God demanded punishment for sin and the Cross provided the Final Solution! From the Gates of Eden - after the Fall - until the death of Jesus of Nazareth on Golgotha, God used the sacrificial system to forgive the sins of His people. Innocent lambs, goats and bulls were sacrificed as substitutes for sinning man!
When Jesus cried, "It is Finished", Almighty God rent the vail in the Temple and left the Holy of Holies. Standing on Golgotha's Hill, He laid His hands on the head of His Son, transferring the sins of the entire world (past, present and future) to His Paschal Lamb.
The Lamb of God had been sacrificed. He had propitiated for our sins. The Father was satisfied. The account was settled for time and eternity! The fountain of blood was opened for sin and uncleanness. His blood was flowing. JESUS had met the Demands of Divine Justice in the courts of Heaven, in payment for all our sins!
"And he (thief) said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in Paradise.
"And the sun was darkened and the VAIL in the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit: and having thus said, He gave up the ghost." (Luke 23: 42-46)
THE GREAT EXCHANGE WAS DONE!
The sins of Adam that was imputed to the entire human race had now been transferred to God's incarnated Son. Our sins were imputed to Christ and in exchange, His righteousness was imputed to us! (Rom.3:21-26; 4:6-8; 5:11-21)
The BIBLE states: "But Christ being come an High Priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own Blood He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
"For if the blood of bulls and goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ Who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God?" (Heb. 9: 11-14)
Speaking to the pagan philosophers of Greece about Jesus Christ, St. Paul stated: "Forasmuch then that we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to Repent.
"Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man, Whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead." (Acts 17: 30, 31)
LIFE THROUGH THE BLOOD!
DR. DEHANN wrote: “The blood of Jesus is sinless blood, and since it is incorruptible, for sin brings corruption and where no sin is, there is no corruption. Every drop of blood which flowed in Jesus’ body is still in existence, and is just as fresh as it was when it flowed from His broken skin in Gethsemane, the blood that was smeared about His back when the cruel weighted tongs cut through His flesh as the flagellator scourged Him, the blood that oozed out under the thorny crown and flowed from His hands, His head, His feet was never destroyed for it was incorruptible blood.
“David, in speaking of Him in the 16th Psalm, while Peter quotes in Acts 2, says, “Thou wilt not leave His soul in Hell, nether wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption. Although the body of the Lord Jesus lay in the tomb in death for three days and nights with no corruption in it for that body contained incorruptible blood.”
DR. ANDREW MURRAY wrote: "Reconciliation and deliverance from guilt become the blessed entrance for us into a life in which the Blood, as it was transported into Heaven and abides there will be truly the power of divine abiding life in us." - The Blood of the Cross
MARTIN LUTHER stated: "First, the blood of Christ remains the same blood of Christ. For we believe and hold that the blood of Christ that is now at the Right Hand of God, was shed for us only ONCE." - Church & Ministry, Luther's Works, vol. 40, p. 215
ST. PAUL states: "But this Man, because He continueth ever, hath an unchanging priesthood. Wherefore He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God through Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.
"For such an High Priest became us, Who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens: Who needeth not daily, as those high priests to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's; for this He did ONCE, when He offered up Himself.
"For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity, but the word of the OATH, which was since the law, maketh the SON, who is consecrated forevermore." (Heb.7:24-28)
MY CONFESSION OF FAITH!
Clearly stated, there is but ONE God and Father and ONE Lord Jesus Christ Who is both Creator and Sustainer of the world and Sole Saviour and Redeemer of the entire Human Race, and ONE Blessed Holy Spirit of God, who draws all men to Christ!
All other so-called gods and goddesses and deities are mere Counterfeits, Imitators and Pretenders. It is Christ and Christ Alone who saves, heals, delivers and liberates from sin, fear, sickness, disease and all the powers of Darkness and Satan!
"But to us (Christians) there is but ONE God, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we in Him, and ONE Lord Jesus Christ by Whom are all things, and we by Him." (1 Cor.8: 6). Amen
After discussing the outstanding miracle healings that had occurred under my ministry in Norway, the editor of a major Norwegian newspaper asked, “Who is Max Solbrekken?” I replied, “The boy delivering telegrams does his job and gets back on his bicycle, often without being thanked. The boy is not important, but the telegram is. Max Solbrekken isn't important, but the message is very important. I am just a messenger boy for Jesus!”
Next day's Newspaper had a large picture of this preacher, and the article covered a full page. The headline screamed, “Max Solbrekken: A Messenger Boy for Jesus!” That was the most beautiful thing I could ever have written about me. I was so excited and thrilled to be publicly linked to Jesus in that manner. What a privilege!
For more than 50 years, I have carried the Gospel of Jesus Christ to multitudes across the world, the Lord working with us and confirming the Word with miracles, sign and wonders! From 1989 to 1995, God gave us many open doors across the former Soviet Union with great success. I will never forget touring Chernigov not long after the catastrophic nuclear explosion there. We preached in the new town of Slavutich, forty miles away.
In 2004 and 2005, together with Dr. Manoel Ferreira of the Assemblies of God, Donna and I preached in four Ministers Conventions with a total of 10,000 preachers.
PREACHING TO MUSLIMS IN DARFUR!
And in Parque Brasil in Paulinia, S.P. Brazil I was invited to preach to more than 300,000 people on April 13, 2005. Our latest Gospel Unity Crusade was in Kampala, Uganda in 2011.
One of my greatest joys was preaching to Muslims in Sudan including Darfur in 2006 and 2007. Norwegian Missionary Jan Ernst Gabrielsen and I had some glorious revivals there. Our time together with Dr. Boutros Boktor at the Assembly of God in Cairo Egypt in 2007 was special.
He said: “Dr. Max, there is a saying that once you drink of the waters of the Nile, you will come back again and again. We want you to come back again and again.” Sadly, before I could make it back to Cairo, the Lord called him Home.
Fortunately, I produced a video with Dr. Boktor of his experience as an Egyptian soldier on the desert during the Six Day War with Israel. In great detail, he related his one-on-one meeting with JESUS and his miraculous escape from the bombardment by Israeli jets that killed hundreds and captured of several thousand of his fellow soldiers.
To God be all the honour, praise and glory, through Jesus Christ the Lord! I praise Him for His grace and pure love with which He has showered Donna and me and our beautiful family throughout all these years. Amen.
Friday, March 1, 2019
WILL HE RESIGN
Wilson-Raybould’s testimony was a political earthquake for the Liberal Party, which entered 2019 expecting to sail to a relatively easy second term at an election scheduled for this October. Overnight, the party’s chances at re-election have dimmed considerably, and Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer this week took the extraordinary step of calling for Trudeau’s resignation.“Justin Trudeau simply cannot continue to govern this great nation now that Canadians know what he has done,” the Tory leader said following Wilson-Raybould’s testimony.
Trudeau and his allies in the government have denied that Wilson-Raybould’s testimony is accurate, but they will soon have a testimony of their own to directly refute her. Following her appearance before the House of Commons Justice Committee, the Prime Minister’s former principal secretary Gerald Butts asked the committee’s chair — via Twitter — if he, too, could testify about the SNC-Lavalin affair. Such a request is unusual but reflects the unprecedented nature of the current scandal engulfing Canadian politics.